New year, new start to lead to a healthier life in 2014

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Whether you are nursing a hangover or stepping out with New Year’s resolutions, January is a time when many people’s thoughts turn to a healthier lifestyle.

NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people to think about how they can commit to improving their health this month.

Reducing alcohol, quitting smoking and doing more exercise can reduce the risk of developing a major illness such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer or stroke.

Dr David Wrigley, a GP from Carnforth and Executive GP for patient and public engagement at NHS Lancashire North CCG, said: “The health benefits of regular exercise are well documented and it also improves your wellbeing by increasing self-esteem and confidence.

“Regular exercise doesn’t have to mean joining a gym, there are plenty of free ways to exercise, such as going for a brisk walk or jog. If you combine regular exercise with a healthy balanced diet you could dramatically improve your health.

“Giving up smoking is another resolution you can make to improve your health and there are a range of NHS support services to help you.